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Too Many Lawn Companies

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by WoodBrothersLC, May 16, 2004.

  1. WoodBrothersLC

    WoodBrothersLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 418

    Is anyone concerned that there are too meny lawn companies? Everyday I am seeing more and more. Are we going to be able to stay competitive?
  2. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    If everyone that is concerned that there are too many lawn companies would just quit, and get a job at McDonalds, the rest of us wouldn't need to worry at all :D

    Serioiusly though, I learned a long time ago to not be concerned with the things you can't change. All it leads to is ulcers and pains, just do the best job you can and the rest will take care of itself.
  3. Burger

    Burger LawnSite Member
    from Montana
    Messages: 192

    Competition is good. More options for the consumer, and it keeps you on your toes.
  4. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    Turf Medic is right, worry will not do you any good. Use your observations to make you better. Do not try to compete with all the new "company's" you see, try to improve the service to your own customers. Most of these start up companies will be out of business in a couple years, or will not provide quality full service lawn care anyway. Treat your accounts extra special, and they will advertize for you. You will have loyal customers who won't leave for the world. Take care of your own, and most will take care of you.

  5. snippy

    snippy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    You guys just need more generous welfare payments like we got down here in Oz, it's about the same as a lowly paying job so no one bothers to do stressful stuff like start up their own lawn care business when they can get all the beer and gambling money they need from the good ole taxpayers.
  6. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,220

    Lets do some math for all you guys worried about scrubs, that will be gone come the hot part of the year and seem to never show for clean ups, that we end up doing any how.

    Say you work in 3 county's with a total population of 80.000 (a low figure). Now only half of these people need their lawn cut, so that leaves 40.000 lawns to be cut every week. Now most of us service about 50 accounts on average. that means 40.000 divided be 50 is 800 lawn care company's. Again this is low because there are business that need to be cut to. So say for any given county there can be at-least 250 lco and lots of these are part time so a county could support 300 lco. i dont know about you, but there are only about half that number here.

    Now lets lay off the scrub complaining for a while ok.

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